Recent advances in digital information technology provide an opportunity to both build and scale solutions to everyday challenges faced by millions of Africans – in particular, the aggregation of fragmented value chains, the formalisation of large sectors of the continent’s economy and the provision of much-needed access to financial services for both consumers and businesses.
The Constant Ventures fund has a unique structure that enables investment either directly in talented entrepreneurs and compelling startups across West Africa or through its proprietary venture studio, which serves as a catalyst to combine best-in-class entrepreneurs, ideas and capital to quickly build winning startups.
Constant Ventures created the fund on the back of its successful track record as an angel investor, as well as a respected developer of technology businesses. To date, it has invested US$3.2m in nine Nigerian startups, with a return of 5.6x, which is projected to return 15x after the next funding round.
“Technology was always going to provide the answer to so many of the critical issues faced by millions of people across Africa today. We are now on the cusp of a paradigm shift with recent advances across information technology presenting a unique investment window. We have looked at what has worked in other geographies. Now, refined and optimised for Africa, we have modelled a fund to invest in businesses that will both improve the lives of millions of people and deliver outstanding returns for investors.”